Microsoft Excel

Spreadsheet software for formatting and analysis.

About Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Excel is a software program, developed by Microsoft and sold as part of the Microsoft 365 suite. It features calculation, graphing tools, pivot tables, and a macro programming language called Visual Basic for Applications.

Features of the Microsoft Excel application include user friendly formatting options that make formatting numbers and data easier, pattern matching and value lists that save time when typing in information by using an interface similar to filling in a form, and custom number formats that allow users to add leading zeroes or change number separators.


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Overall rating

4.8 /5
(18,869)
Value for Money
4.6/5
Features
4.7/5
Ease of Use
4.3/5
Customer Support
4.3/5

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Josh
Josh
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  • Industry: Design
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Comes on many computers and is Fantastic especially if included.

Reviewed on 05/08/2021

I have used Excel for over 20 years and I have not even scratched the surface of what can be done...

I have used Excel for over 20 years and I have not even scratched the surface of what can be done with it. It can do so many things when you need to make calculations, spreadsheets or do something with accounting. I love it and really for me a numbers guy I think it is fun.

Pros

It is so versatile. I use it instead of Calculator as I can easily see what I am calculating. I have made a simple payroll system with it and have used it for many weekly tax calculations. Calculating using fields from other pages is fantastic. Really anything you need to do with accounting can be done with it.

Cons

Two things if you don't have it free with your computer then you have to buy it and it can be kind of expensive and if you want to be able to collaborate and make on the fly changes with others then you need office 365 and you have to pay monthly you can never own it.

Alternatives Considered

LibreOffice and Google Sheets

Reasons for Choosing Microsoft Excel

While LibreOffice is the best option for free and that is a software for your computer, my wife ended up getting Microsoft office 365 free from work because of remote work so this is the main reason I have gone to excel as it is a little better and I didn't have to pay for it.

Switched From

LibreOffice

Reasons for Switching to Microsoft Excel

I do still use google sheets for mine and my wife's budget and we can change it on the fly at the same time if we need online. I used LibreOffice as my main until I got Office 365 from my wife's work. I think Excel is better than the other two in sheer offline and spreadsheet features but not sure I would pay more than about $50 for office 2019 and don't like paying monthly for 365.
Nicholas
Nicholas
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  • Industry: Education Management
  • Company size: 51–200 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Value for Money
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

The Go-To is still the most capable

Reviewed on 19/10/2021

I enjoy using and learning more about Excel. There are so many ways in which to use it that no...

I enjoy using and learning more about Excel. There are so many ways in which to use it that no review can truly capture the breadth and depth of its capability. When it is frustrating it is because of an inability of process or lack of me as a user being able to achieve what i know to be possible and thus I approach it as a puzzle to be unpacked.

Pros

Excel is a versatile spreadsheet application that continues to benefit from its age, the weight and momentum behind it, and the continued focus on it as core Office app. The variety of applications of this application are what continue make it a winner.

Cons

Stemming from the same positive attributes of its age and flexibility are the downsides to its age and flexibility - its overlapping years of feature additions and subtractions to the building more on top of pre-existing structures mean that somethings need to be unpacked in order to work how you'd like them too and the robustness of the product can be daunting. Knowing that you'll never know ALL that it is capable of and that the best way to achieve anything is to picture it and then hunker down for an evening of searching and learning.

Alternatives Considered

Google Sheets

Reasons for Switching to Microsoft Excel

The familiarity of administration and staff in using Excel and the ease of interaction with other organizations sealed the deal.
Tucker
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  • Industry: Financial Services
  • Company size: 2–10 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

Microsoft excel, superior to all competitors

Reviewed on 18/02/2024

Excellent experience when you’re comfortable

Excellent experience when you’re comfortable

Pros

Unbelievable amount of features, ability to organize data sets

Cons

Difficult learning curve to understand new concepts

Rabbi Selilah
Rabbi Selilah
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  • Industry: Education Management
  • Company size: 2–10 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 2.0 /10

I would rather use Numbers for anything and everything.

Reviewed on 21/04/2020

I have been in educational leadership for over 25 years. For all of that time I have had to run...

I have been in educational leadership for over 25 years. For all of that time I have had to run budgets, strategize enrollment projections and much, much more. For the vast majority of that time I had to utilize Excel. It was the go to vehicle for each and everyone of my treasures and book keepers to keep track of our financials. Even when I was setting up documentation on my own, I always turned to excel. However, as an educator with no accounting training I always had to turn to an expert to set up my formulas and interwoven sheets. I knew what I needed them to do, knew that Excel could function that way, but making that happen was well beyond me. It was always very frustrating. After many years I founded my own program and suddenly had no one else to turn to to arrange my tracking systems. I was stuck. I had to figure it out. Or did I? Because I am a Mac user and as I was struggling to set my Excel sheets up, I suddenly and excitedly stumbled upon Numbers. I must say, while Excel can do whatever you want it to, Numbers can do it better, with more intuitive functions. I imagine for an accountant there may be more to this picture, but for a lay user who depends of ease of use, clarity of function and ultimate success, I am happy to leave Excel in my tool bar while I create my budgets, rosters, calendars and more on Numbers.

Pros

For decades Excel was the only way to go. Its ability to utilize formulas to create the documentation we needed was invaluable.

Cons

It is clunky and hard to intuit for novice users. I have always had to impose upon other users to set my sheets up to do what I wanted to do.

Alternatives Considered

Numbers
Janelle
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  • Industry: Construction
  • Company size: 51–200 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

Easily goes head to head with tools 20 years younger

Reviewed on 30/10/2023

I couldn't imagine working without Excel in my department. I've got sheets for contact databases,...

I couldn't imagine working without Excel in my department. I've got sheets for contact databases, reports, tasks, ideas, you name it. I think it coud be the single best tool in terms of the number of tasks you can get done with it. We use it in pretty much every department to varying degrees, and we rarely have problem with bugs or understanding how to do a certain thing with it.

Pros

It's a true sandbox environment. The interface is simple but the things you can do with it are pretty much infinite thanks to the formulas. One basic formula can save you dozens of hours from having to do things manually

Cons

1. The offline syncing is unnecessarily confusing to set up.

2. The UI could be made a bit smoother like some of the newer spreadsheet tools

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Microsoft Excel FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for Microsoft Excel.

Microsoft Excel offers the following pricing plans:

  • Starting from: US$6.00/month
  • Pricing model: Free Version, Subscription
  • Free Trial: Not Available

Microsoft Excel is available as part of Microsoft 365 subscriptions. Office 365 Personal: $6.99/month or $69.99/year Office 365 Home: $9.99/month or $99.99/year Office Home & Student 2019: $149.99 one-time Office 365 Business: $8.25/user/month (annual commitment required) Office 365 Business Premium: $12.50/user/month (annual commitment required) Office 365 Business Essentials: $5/month (annual commitment required) Users can also access the web-based version of Microsoft Excel through the free OneDrive Basic 5GB, and the $1.99/month OneDrive 100GB subscription plans.

Microsoft Excel has the following typical customers:

Self Employed, 2–10, 11–50, 51–200, 201–500, 501–1,000, 1,001–5,000

Microsoft Excel supports the following languages:

Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Ukrainian

Microsoft Excel supports the following devices:

Android (Mobile), iPhone (Mobile), iPad (Mobile)

Microsoft Excel integrates with the following applications:

123FormBuilder, ActiveCampaign, Acuity Scheduling, Airtable, Alchemer, Any.do, Asana, Basecamp, CRM Analytics, Cascade Strategy, ClickFunnels, ClickUp, Clio, Constant Contact, Discord, Dropbox Business, Eventbrite, Evernote Teams, FastField, Firebase, Formidable Forms, Formsite, Formstack Documents, Freshdesk, GoCanvas, GoToWebinar, Google Contacts, Google Docs, Google Drive, Google Forms, Google Sheets, Google Slides, Gravity Forms, HubSpot CRM, InstaPage, Instagram, Jira, Jotform, Kajabi, Knack, Landingi, LinkedIn for Business, Mailchimp, ManyChat, Microsoft 365, Microsoft OneNote, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Teams, Microsoft To Do, Miro, MySQL, Ninja Forms, Notion, OneDrive, Paperform, Parserr, PayPal, Pipedrive, Pipefy, Podio, QuickBooks, RingCentral Contact Center, Shopify, Slack, Smartsheet, Squarespace, Stripe, SurveyMonkey, Todoist, Trello, Twilio, Twitter/X, Typeform, Unbounce, Venngage, WPForms, Wave, Webflow, Wix, WooCommerce, WordPress, Wufoo, Xero, Zapier, Zendesk Suite, Zoho Forms, Zoom, mailparser.io, monday.com

Microsoft Excel offers the following support options:

Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base, Phone Support

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